Leonardo DiCaprio has officially signed on to star in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Charles Manson project, Variety has confirmed. The untitled film will mark DiCaprio’s second collaboration with the director (the first was Django Unchained) and the actor’s first appearance in a movie since The Revenant in 2015, for which he won his first Oscar.
All we know so far is that DiCaprio will play an aging actor in the movie. Variety also reports that Margot Robbie is being pursued to star alongside DiCaprio in the role of Sharon Tate. DiCaprio and Robbie previously worked together on The Wolf of Wall Street. And just to make people salivate at the idea of this movie, producers also reportedly want Tom Cruise to star. If just one of these prospects comes to fruition, Tarantino’s ninth feature will shape up quite nicely.
We know that the cast is stacked, but besides that, there is not much information about what direction Tarantino will take the project in. We do know that Tarantino is reportedly aiming for an August 9, 2019 release, which is also the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family murder of Sharon Tate and four others in Los Angeles in 1969. Tarantino is predictably set to write and direct the film; both Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced former Hollywood mogul, and his brother, Bob, whose company financed many of Tarantino’s films, were reportedly involved in the project, at least as of last year.
Tarantino’s initial non-reaction following the quick unraveling of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who was a close friend of Tarantino’s, was followed by backlash after he admitted to the New York Times that he knew about some of Weinstein’s behavior and did nothing about it. Tarantino parted ways with the Weinstein Company since then, so Sony will distribute this upcoming Manson Family movie.